Top Tips For Transporting Some Of Those Awkward Items During A House Move

Moving house is a mammoth task at the best of times. Add social distancing restrictions and Covid risks into the mix and even the most seasoned ‘mover’ may need a bit of guidance.

To help you navigate the new rules and regulations on packing and removal whilst also keeping safe, experts at Space Station have provided a list of top tips for moving house.

They think, ultimately, the key to things going safely and smoothly on the big day is putting together a plan.

Vlatka Lake, marketing manager at Space Station, said: “Preparation and planning are the most important things movers can do when packing up their belongings ready for a move and this has become even more prominent with the tightening restrictions around the country, which can be a great source of stress and anxiety.

“By planning ahead, you can make sure that this process remains exciting, as well as maintaining the safety of yourself and everyone involved.

“These simple tips can help you transition from one house to another with minimal stress and costs, whilst also making sure you are adhering to the protocols in place due to the pandemic.”

  1. Bring in the experts

Hiring a removal service is a good investment, says Space Station. Removal firms are experts in this industry and can make the move as efficient as possible.

Removal experts will also have the correct equipment to move your house contents in a safe and secure way, which will likely reduce any associated stress on moving day.

What’s more, most will offer some sort of cover or insurance for extra piece of mind.

  1. Plan well in advance

One thing to remember if using a removal firm is in the current climate their operating procedures may have changed to ensure compliance with the various restrictions.

It’s a good idea, therefore, to contacting the company as early as you can beforehand to gauge whether they will be operating during the times you need is a vital place to start.

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.   Clean your items thoroughly

To reduce the virus risk as much as possible it is important to thoroughly clean all of your household items with domestic cleaning products before they are packed away and transported. This will ensure they are safe to be handled by people outside of your household.

All parties should be encouraged to wash their hands and apply hand sanitiser as often as possible.

  1. Stay alert and keep your distance

If you are planning on using a different household or removal service to assist you, make sure you are sticking to the social distancing and hygiene rules where possible.

The process of loading up vans and lorries can be time consuming, and it’ll be likely numerous people will be in and out of your home frequently.

It is therefore important to keep all internal doors open to keep air circulating, and do not offer drinks and refreshments to those outside your household.

  1. Use what you have to keep costs down and save on space

To keep packing material costs to a minimum, use items you already have to store your contents securely and safely.

Wrapping glassware and china in large towels and securing with tape or string can ensure these items are transported safely, while also reducing the total number of boxes you have to move, which should bring removal costs down.

  1. Triple check removal boxes are secure before moving

Don’t risk your carefully packed contents getting broken or damaged because they fall through the bottom of a box during the move.

It’s always worth reinforcing the bottom of any heavily packed boxes with a strong adhesive tape, to ensure that items won’t fall through.

  1. Avoid using bin liners and plastic bags

There is a common ‘moving horror story’ about people mistaking a bin liner packed with precious clothes for rubbish and throwing it out.

Not only is using cardboard or reusable plastic boxes better for the environment, it also reduces the likelihood of mistakes being made during the move and will better protect your belongings, as plastic bags can be easily snagged and damaged.

  1. Use vacuum storage bags

Consider investing in vacuum storage bags. They are perfect for transporting bulky material goods such as sofa cushions, duvets and bedding, as they reduce them to less than half the size.

These bags are also waterproof, will prevent dust building up on your contents, and will prevent any snagging during the move.

Using these products will ensure removal boxes can be saved for heavier goods, saving a massive amount of space in the removal van.

What’s more, once the big move is complete, these bags can then continue to be used for storage in your new home.

  1. Pack precious goods in a wheeled suitcase

Protect jewellery, photos, books and other items such as family heirlooms by covering them carefully in bubble wrap or towels and secure with a strong adhesive tape.

It’s a great idea to pack such items in suitcases as opposed to boxes – this will ensure you can identify them easily during the move and if your suitcase has wheels, it will remove the need for lifting up and down, reducing the risks of a drop or fall.

  1. Protect corners

The largest items in our home are usually the trickiest to move safely. It’s important to protect the corners of any large items of furniture being moved, as these are the most likely parts of to get scratched or cause damage to another piece of furniture or your home during the move, no matter how careful you are.

Cardboard corner protectors are often cheap to buy, or as an alternative, use strong adhesive tape and bubble wrap.

Source : https://www.whatmortgage.co.uk/feature/moving-house-during-the-pandemic-top-removal-tips/

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